Experience Wayland Through the Eyes of...

Every person’s story is unique. Different experiences, different places lived and traveled to, and different people we’ve interacted with weave the tapestry that is our life story.

Explore what Wayland students are saying about their experience here and how it's weaving the tapestry of their life.

Current Student Stories

Talyssa Valencia, a graduating senior biology major from Lovington, NM, has had a busy but wonderful time at Wayland.

Christine Lockridge is a junior non-traditional student double majoring in Intercultural Missions and Communications Studies.

Justus Brozek is a junior Two-Dimensional Art major from Bovina, TX.

Timothy Davis, a junior Mass Communications/Media Studies major from Liberal, KS, has found that Wayland has expanded his horizons

Darryn Hlabangana is a junior English major from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Aimee, Brooks, a junior Three-Dimensional Art major from Lubbock, TX, originally came to Wayland to study music.

Jamil Easley, a freshman Biology major from Waxahachie, TX, plays defensive back for Pioneer football

Danica Martinez-Diaz, a junior Spanish education major and Plainview native, has found a lot to do with her time here at Wayland.

Thiago Randazzo is a senior Business major specializing in management and marketing

Cindy Horn, a native of Hamburg, Germany and senior Business major with a specialization in Management and Marketing

Haley Stone, a graduating senior from Houston, TX majoring in Justice Administration with a specialization in law

Courtney Pruett, a senior Fitness Management with a composite of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialization major

Heather Kettl, a psychology major from Beaumont Texas, recalls her search for a university with exemplary education and a Christian atmosphere—a search that led her to Wayland.

Preston Rackley is a freshman from Calallen, Texas. Although, Preston came to Wayland on a baseball scholarship.

Alden Mann, from Wimberly Texas, is pursuing a degree in exercise sports science.


Alumni Student Stories

When Mary Feril and Tim Fisher came to Wayland in 2003, they both found themselves in Wayland’s School of Fine Arts where they joined the theatre program.

Chris Kirby graduated with a degree in Vocal Music Education in 2013 from Wayland.

In 2010, Kianna (Bullard) Brown graduated from Wayland with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish.

Kelsey Beggs received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a Specialization in International Management and later a Master of Business Administration degree, both from Wayland in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

Joao Marcos “Johnny” Terra earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and an MBA (emphasis in accounting) from Wayland in 2011 and 2012, respectively. He also played Men’s Basketball for Wayland and was team captain for two years.

When John Trischitti III first came to Wayland, he intended to major in theatre. However, after a few semesters, he decided to pursue a degree in English although he continued to frequent the theatre department.

During his time at Wayland, Dr. Jarrett H. Ross was dedicated to many notable organizations on campus, including the Wayland President’s Ambassadors, the Texas Academy of Science, and the Pioneer Health Service Corps.

Morgan (Switzenberg) Kirby earned her bachelor of music degree in Vocal Music Education from Wayland Baptist University in 2012.

Dr. Philip J. Carlson, a professor at Belhaven University, graduated from Wayland in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in both mathematics and chemistry.

Paul Harkey earned his bachelor’s degree in church music from Wayland Baptist University in 2003.

Matthew Evans earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religion with an emphasis on missions in 2014. Shortly afterward, he headed to South Brazil on a mission trip to do college ministry through the International Mission Board.

Lauryn Bruggink graduated from Wayland in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She is from Oak Creek, Colorado.

In 2011, Jake Miser received a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and graduated with the highest honor of summa cum laude.

When Sarah Buckland, a theatre and English major, and Amanda Allen, a fellow theatre and education major (2011) came to Wayland, their silly antics and humor often brought them to the stage as they entertained many WBU audiences.

Abigail Manes Abigail Manes graduated from Wayland in the spring of 2016 with her degree in math education.

Brent Knox, a Wayland graduate and kindergarten teacher, was once a 44-year-old former welder who had only dabbled with the idea of college.

Becca Wilhite, a 2000 Wayland graduate with a double major in English and Physical Education, knew she would be a Flying Queen, but she didn’t know that was not the only kind of Queen she would be at Wayland.

LeAudra Franklin graduated with a double major in Religion and Religious Education from Wayland Baptist University in 2005. She’s currently the Associate Pastor of Children’s Ministries at Grace Point Church in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Alexis Hall, daughter of current Wayland president Bobby Hall, is also a 2011 graduate from the Wayland School of Music with a bachelor’s in Vocal Performance.

Angie Aldaco Valdez, a 1992 graduate and Plainview native, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and her Master's in Administration from Wayland.

Bianca Lenzy, a nurse in the San Antonio region, graduated from Wayland Baptist University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Emileigh Willems graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Honors in 2015,

Edward Steele, a recipient of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wayland’s San Antonio campus , started out his career as a medic in the United States Army.


Faculty Stories

Dr. Jay Givens grew up in southeast Texas surrounded by bayous and pine trees. He graduated from Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School located in Orange, TX.

Steve Long grew up and graduated from high school in Oklahoma City, OK. After graduating from Oklahoma Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education in 1979

Dr. Jo Beth DeSoto grew up and graduated from high school in Hobbs, NM. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Perry Collins grew up in Sweetwater, TX. In high school he wanted to go to college to be a missionary but later decided on youth ministry.

Dr. Laura Brandenburg considers herself a dyed-in-the-wool West Texan. Born in Odessa and raised in Amarillo and Snyder, Brandenburg graduated high school from Coronado High in Lubbock.

Dr. Brian Kuhnert grew up in Umbarger, TX, a small German farming community located 10 miles west of Canyon. After graduating from Canyon High in 1996, he attended West Texas A&M

Dr. Murray was awarded her Ph.D. in Strategic Management/Organization Theory with a minor in Marketing and Quantitative Analysis from Mississippi State.

Dr. Kenroy Wedderburn grew up and started his academic career in a place that is as different from the high plains of West Texas as one can get. Wedderburn grew up in Kingston, Jamaica

Dr. Kevin Sweeney grew up on a ranch in Paoli, Oklahoma.

Dr. Fountain grew up in Springfield, Nebraska and did his early schooling at home. He pursued his undergraduate work at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance.

A farm girl from Iowa, Dr. McClenagan went to Luther College for her bachelor's degree.

Dr. Pyeatt lived in several different areas growing up, from Colorado to Wyoming to New Mexico.

Dr. Redmond grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Adrian University, a small, liberal-arts school, as a McNair Scholar for her bachelor’s degree.

Dr. Randy Rogers, assistant professor of religion at Wayland Baptist University, grew up in Duncanville, in the Texas metroplex. His parents still live there and he is one of their four children.

Although Dr. Rowles grew up on an Iowa farm, he does protest to the generalization that all Iowans grew up on farms. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa

Dr. Marti Runnels began his undergraduate work at Baylor University, but finished his degree at William Jewell College with a B.A. in religion.

Dr. Stutes, Dean of the School of Music, grew up in Lubbock, Texas. For her undergraduate work, she attended Southwestern University in Georgetown-

She was raised in Xianyang where she grew up and attended school within a small society affiliated with a company/cooperation there in China. She says this happens because,

Eric Lunsford is a Psychology major from Plainview, Texas. Eric loves the more personalized environment at Wayland.